TigsTown's August Players of the Month

Guez had a monster month for West Michigan

In wrapping up the final full month of the season, we take a look at which players excelled down the stretch and earned the monthly Player of the Month honors?

Toledo – Don Kelly

After spending some time during the summer with the Tigers, Kelly was back down in Toledo as the Hens made a late push for the playoffs, and he certainly did his part to help. In 29 August games, Kelly posted a .337/.415/.519 line that really bolstered a Toledo offense that was without slugger Jeff Larish. In his 104 at-bats, Kelly ripped six doubles, two triples, and three home runs, all while stealing nine bases without being caught. Kelly topped off his performance with 14 RBI and 13 free passes, against just eleven strikeouts.
Runner-Up – Scott Sizemore

Erie – Michael Bertram

A 25-year old product of the University of Kentucky, Bertram put together a spectacular month for the Seawolves. Playing in 21 games at a variety of positions, Bertram hit at a solid .282 clip, but slugged a monstrous .603 with four doubles, three triples, and five home runs. The five home runs in August gave him eight in just 33 games for Erie, after hitting just ten bombs in 82 games with Lakeland. Bertram picked up his hits when the ‘Wolves needed them most, driving in 21 runs in his 21 games, proving to be a key cog in the Erie lineup down the stretch.
Runner-Up – Deik Scram

Lakeland – Josh Workman

It took Workman a while to get going in 2009, but once he did, he really took off in his second season of professional baseball. Making his debut with Lakeland in June, Workman finally got rolling in August hitting at an impressive .324 clip over twenty games for the Flying Tigers. Though he only knocked three doubles and a triple while driving in four runs hitting near the top of the lineup, he did back up his hitting with eleven walks, giving him a robust .422 on-base percentage for the month.
Runner-Up – Audy Ciriaco

West Michigan – Ben Guez

The season put together by Ben Guez is a tale of two completely different players. After struggling immensely in April and May, Guez got hot in June and July, as he prepared to go on a scorching tear through August. Playing in 27 games for the playoff bound Whitecaps, Guez's total line of .355/.397/.626 is jaw dropping. In August, Guez was a machine, slugging thirteen – yes, thirteen – doubles, two triples, and four home runs, while driving in 16 teammates. To top things off, Guez swiped five bases in seven attempts to flash a little speed with his power surge.
Runner-Up – Jordan Lennerton

Oneonta – Rawley Bishop

It wasn't quite the banner month Bishop posted in July, but he was again a solid contributor in Oneonta throughout August. Hitting at a .271 clip through 28 games in the season's final full month, Bishop was again a key RBI man for the O-Tigers; knocking in 16 runners on the heels of seven doubles and one home run. Bishop also continued to refine his batting eye, drawing 16 walks compared to only eleven in 30 games throughout July.
Runner-Up – Carmelo Jaime

GCL – James Robbins

It may have only been nine games, but what James Robbins did in his professional debut after signing on August 17th, was absolutely absurd. Though he doesn't turn 29 until late this month, Robbins was in his element right away. In 36 at-bats for the GCL Tigers, Robbins hit at a .361/.410/.583 clip with two home runs and a triple. He wasted no time by slugging a three-run homer as part of a 3-for-6 professional debut on August 20th, and he never looked back from there.
Runner-Up – Alexander Nunez

DSL – Samir Rijo

Rumor for quite some time now has been that Samir Rijo had a bat that could play as a pro, and that finally came to fruition in 2009. After a very nice performance in July, Rijo turned it on even more in August. Playing in just 17 games during what was only a partial month for the team, Rijo ripped the ball to the tune of a .362/.422/.638 line. He slugged six doubles and an impressive five triples, while driving in 12 along the way.
Runner-Up – Steven Moya

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